Cheryl Lucas was the 2019 recipient of the Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship.
Cheryl was born and raised in Tarras, Central Otago. She has a Diploma in Fine and Applied Art (Distinction Graphics) from Otago School of Art, Dunedin (1975) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking (Lithography) from Wimbledon College of Art, London (1979).
Cheryl taught ceramics and drawing for many years at Ara Institute. Since 2005 she has been working full time from her home studio in Lyttelton. Cheryl exhibits regularly both here and overseas. Awards include Portage Ceramics Merit Award (2017) for her work ‘Milkstock’, and Sculpture on the Peninsula (2011) Premier Award for her “Harder Larder” installation. In 2013 Cheryl attended a residency in Sturt, Mittagong, Australia and in 2007 the FuLe International Ceramic Art Centre, Fuping, Shaanxi, China.
Her solo exhibition Shaped by Schist and Scoria, celebrating her four-decade career, was held at Christchurch Art Gallery in August 2022.
Since the Christchurch Earthquakes Cheryl has made many replica architectural ceramics to replace those lost on many significant buildings in the city.
Cheryl’s work is held in the collections of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; Canterbury Museum; The Arts House Trust, Museu del Cantir d’Argentona, Spain; FuLe International Contemporary Ceramic Art Museums, Fu Ping, Shaanxi, China; Lincoln University and Ara Institute.
In 2017 she was made a member of the International Ceramic Association, IAC.